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Aug 6, 2020
When I say I love Pokemon, that's an understatement. I LOVE Pokemon. It's been an integral part of my childhood, and to this day, I still buy the games, watch the anime (even with its rough patches), read the Pokemon Adventures manga, and I'm currently writing a super long fan fic for Pokemon, which is my current pet project. It's a franchise that's had a lot of staying power and even now, Pokemon continues to have an iron grip on the world because of the sheer joy it brings to everyone of all ages. But many, like myself, feel the TV anime that focuses on read more
Aug 2, 2020
Hey kids, remember when stories about kids/teens going to fantasy worlds were interesting? And had three-dimensional characters, creative worldbuilding, compelling stories, and actually cared about things like character development and storytelling? Yeah, me too. In recent years, a sudden wave of novels and anime involving characters being sent to fantasy or game-like worlds drowned Japan, giving rise to the term "isekai" which means "another world" and many of them...aren't good. You may recognize them by several things: Ridiculously long titles that threaten to break the Twitter limit count, milque toast male main characters with little personality but are magically given God-like powers for no reason read more
Jul 26, 2020
Masaaki Yuasa is an anime director and animator who became pretty famous in recent years, though fans are divided on whether his works are actually good. I myself only just got introduced to his work. I didn't like Devilman Crybaby, I thought Kaiba was really confusing, I absolutely LOVE Ride Your Wave, and one of his more recent anime, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken, turned out to be pretty amazing as well, but I haven't seen it yet. So when I heard that Yuasa was making an anime called Japan Sinks, based on the popular 1973 sci-fi novel by Sakyo Komatsu, I was psyched, because read more
Jul 12, 2020
Oh, A Whisker Away. How I wish I liked you more than I do. When I first heard about this movie, I thought it'd be right up my alley, and it had a great staff behind it. Directed by Junichi Sato, who worked on many beloved anime such as Aria, Princess Tutu, and a few seasons of Sailor Moon, with screenplay by Mari Okada, a soundtrack by one of my favorite composers, Mina Kubota, and animated by a studio that's been really making a name for itself lately, Studio Colorido. It was originally going to get a theatrical release in Japan, but the COVID-19 pandemic read more
Jul 6, 2020
In spring of 2011, an anime called AnoHana aired on Japan's Noitamina block. After a relatively lackluster winter season that didn't bring in much money, AnoHana came out of nowhere and managed to achieve immense success and popularity. Because of AnoHana's unexpected success, some of the people who worked on it: Director Tatsuyuki Nagai, writer Mari Okada, and character designer Masayoshi Tanaka, went on to become their own group, called Super Peace Busters (after the group name the kids in AnoHana referred to themselves as) and began working on other projects similar to AnoHana. In 2015, they released the movie Anthem of the Heart, a read more
Jun 30, 2020
If someone told me last year that I would find myself in love with a show called Shounen Maid, I would have called them crazy! Before this anime came out, I thought it was going to be absolutely terrible, just like what I thought of Steven Universe before I actually sat down and watched it. I mean, it's a show about a ten-year-old boy who has to live with his uncle, and said uncle makes him half-dress in a maid outfit for kicks and giggles. Tell me you didn't think "Oh my God! Is this gonna be some super sexual shotacon hentai?! Is it trying read more
Jun 28, 2020
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Often times, barring fantasy settings, it's rare for an anime to take place anywhere outside Japan in some capacity. When they do, many of them take place somewhere in Europe, like in France or Germany...or some fictitious version of them at least. So I ask you: How many anime can you name that took place in Italy? Honestly, the only ones I can think of off the top of my head are this, Romeo's Blue Skies, and Gunslinger Girl. In terms of manga, I know Cantarella takes place during the Renaissance as well, but I haven't read that in years, so my memory may be read more
Jun 23, 2020
Do you like cats? Would you like to see kittens anthromorphized into cute anime girls? Then Nyanko Days is the short anime for you! And by short, I don't mean it's just twelve episodes long, but that every episode runs for two minutes. That's it. Moe anime tend to get a bad reputation, mostly for putting too much emphasis on cuteness over substance, and that's understandable. Especially if they drag on for much longer than they need to. But twelve episodes of cute kittens having fun, with every episode only being two minutes long is the perfect length to digest something of this caliber. The read more
Jun 22, 2020
In 2015, a popular shoujo manga called Snow White with the Red Hair got adapted into a 12-episode anime, and it was surprisingly popular and well liked. I went on to watch it, and as you can tell, I really love it. About a year or so later, a second season came out, which is the subject of today's review. Of all the shows that deserved a second season or more, this is one that absolutely deserved it, not only because it's manga is still ongoing, but because it's just a great, well-rounded show overall, and more anime like it need to be made! I read more
Jun 21, 2020
I give this short manga about cute girls befriending giant monsters...a 71/100.

Some anime/manga creators think slapping cute girls in their works will automatically make it popular. That's not entirely true. Cute girls alone can't carry an entire story, and any writer that tried it wound up meeting the business end of failure. That's why the moe genre tends to be universally hated in various places. But in recent years, some works have actually made efforts to put out moe anime/manga that actually do have genuinely good stories and characters. Girls Last Tour made a premise of two blobby girls exploring the end of the world read more